For 40 years, the Amazon Biodiversity Center has been a lab for conservation scientists, a classroom for students, and an inspiration to world leaders to preserve robust, biodiverse ecosystems of the Brazilian Amazon - the "lungs of the planet." 


Founded as the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragmentation Project in 1979 by Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, the Amazon Biodiversity Center seeks to protect the biodiversity of the Amazon Basin by bridging the gap between conservation science and land management policy. 


Scientists on our reserve near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil study Amazon Rainforest wildlife and ecosystems and the effects of human development and climate change on them.


The project brings together scientists, decision makers, land managers from Brazil and worldwide to show first hand the need to manage the Amazon in a holistic way -- thinking across borders and land uses -- if we are to preserve this fragile and critical ecosystem.

The Amazon Biodiversity Center is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 83-0572780) that works in cooperation with Brazil's National Institute for Amazon Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia; INPA).

"It's the most important ecological experiment ever done."

Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology,

Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

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